The Normal Way
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and theWord was God”. This is what happened at the beginning of all things – the Beingwhom we know in human history as Jesus of Nazareth – expressed God. He wasGod’s Living Word – He was God Himself separate from Himself in another Being.In His Son, Jesus Christ, God expressed Himself in an existence outside Himself- in a way that could be observed by other beings.
But Christ was not only an expression of the Creator’s divine nature:he was also an expression of another part of God, for in Him humanity also cameinto existence and eventually came to planet earth as the first man, Adam.Everything that humans have done since that time has been done in Jesus Christ- He has borne the effects of all their actions, thoughts, and words – and hasborne the strain of their hostility to their Creator. By this means God hasmade it possible for man to freely reject Him and yet live to have anopportunity to freely accept God’s best.
The fact that Christ is designated the first-born of all creation (Col1:15) makes it clear that humanity was not an after-thought of God, but was atthe center of the Creator’s intentions from before the beginning of time (Eph1:3-5). This was the best that our Creator could give us – Himself – his ownlife, His own Son. He gave us His humanity – the humanity that He gave to Hisonly-begotten Son who shared His own Eternal nature. So, when our Maker made usinside His own Son, He gave us the same eternal nature as His Son – and thesame close relationship with Himself. That’s why the statements in the NewTestament are so important – “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus,for good works that God has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them”(Ephesians 2:10). We did not begin our existence in our mother’s bodies – thisis part of the misconception or self-centered deception that we accept frombirth about ourselves and each other. Our real existence began outside time ineternity – in God’s conception of a dear Son that would be “the first-born ofall creation” (Colossians 1:15) and the “firstborn among many brethren” (Romans8:29).
Our Deadly Autonomy
The attitude that casts its darkening shadow on every step we take inlife comes from our missing this great central point of our existence – that wewere made as part of this wonderful Being – Christ Jesus – the only-begottenSon of our Creator. We repeatedly think of him as someone outside us – and wethink of ourselves as definitely outside him. The result is that we live asautonomous human beings – ruled by our selves and our own laws and wishes. Butinstead of this unreality, we are in fact part of THE GREAT HUMAN BEING who isalso God’s Son. We have been made to willingly enjoy His life and actions hereon earth. This autonomy is called “sin” in the Bible, but we keep regarding sinas mere immorality – it isn’t – it’s this willful independence of the One ofwhom we are an integral part.
In a way we are not autonomous – self-ruled. Actually we do not havethe ability to rule ourselves – we were made to enjoy the loving rule of Christwho has submitted himself to be imprisoned within us. Because of the capacitieswe have and those we lack, we automatically drift towards dependence on otherthings and powers. Most of us therefore fall into anything that will make upfor what we lose by ignoring our position in the Creator’s Son. We all knowthese “needs” from our own personal experiences. Obviously, the Creator’s sonhas a relaxed sense of his father’s care for him, so he naturally points to thesecurity possessed so effortlessly by nature -“look at the birds of the air;they do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Fatherfeeds them – are you not worth much more than they?” When we ignore the realityof our position in Jesus, we face an impossible situation – we areinsignificantly little pieces of flesh with millions of other similar littlepieces – and all of us have to get into our mouths what we need to keep usalive; this creates great insecurity in us! So, we have to find something orsomeone we can depend on to provide us with food. This is why money and jobsand govern so much of our lives and actions.
But the same is true about our clothes – the Creator’s son had anenviable contentment about protecting his body from cold and heat. He simplypointed to the flowers and urged us to “observe how the lilies of the fieldgrow; they do not toil nor do they spin yet not even Solomon in all his gloryclothed himself like one of these”! However, we think always “we’re on ourown”; we believe if we don’t clothe ourselves, there is no one else that caresto do it for us. So again we are not really autonomous in that we do what weourselves want; we are autonomous only in that we decide to ignore the realitythat we’re really part of God’s Son. By having done that, we become governed bythe things or circumstances or people that will enable us to clotheourselves.
Consequently, we end up living our lives to meet the needs that ourCreator supplies to his Son and all those who live inside his Son – of whom youare one.